LSU hospitals in north La. set for privatization

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Associated Press

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 27 at 5:02 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The LSU Board of Supervisors has agreed to negotiate turning over operations of university-run hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe to a nonprofit research foundation whose interim president sits on the LSU board.

The board Wednesday backed an arrangement LSU hopes will lead to the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana taking over management of the north Louisiana hospitals.

LSU board member John George is vice chairman of the board and interim president of the research foundation.

George didn't vote on the agreement and walked out for the discussion. He's seeking an opinion from the state ethics board about whether he can maintain his LSU board position and his research foundation job.

LSU board chairman Hank Danos says he's comfortable with how the board has handled the negotiations and George's recusal.

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